Asheville Police Chief issues statement about Deaverview shooting

The scene at Deaverview Apartments during the July 2 shooting that left a man dead. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper has issued a statement about an officer-involved shooting at Deaverview Apartments.

Thirty-five-year-old Jai Williams was shot by Sergeant Tyler Radford on Saturday, July 2.

Chief Hooper said, "It has come to my attention that there is misinformation circulating in the community regarding some of the circumstances."

Chief Hooper said Williams was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle.

She said shelling casings were recovered in Pisgah View Apartments, where the initial call for service for shots fired originated.

The weapon was recovered from Williams at the scene in Deaverview.

Friends and family of Williams are holding a candlelight vigil on Walton Street Park Tuesday, July 5 at 5 p.m.

They are also planning a press conference about officer-related shootings at the courthouse in Asheville on Wednesday, July 6.

A time for that even still has not been set.

Sergeant Radford has been placed on administrative leave while the SBI investigates.

Chief Hooper also urges anyone who witnessed the incident to contact the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) at 828-654-8901.

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